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Oklahoma's wheat production down considerably
5/9/2018 12:00:00 AM


Start Date: 5/4/2018 -  
The Oklahoma Wheat Commission estimated that the wheat harvest will be down 36 percent, compared to one year ago as drought hurt the crop. Bryan-College Station Eagle (Texas), May 21, 2018 The estimated average yield for wheat in Oklahoma was 24.8 bushels per acre, or 1.67 metric tons per hectare, for a total production estimate of 54.8 million bushels, according to a crop report. If the estimate is accurate, production would be 44 percent lower, compared to the previous year, according to Stephanie Bryant-Erdmann, U.S. Wheat Associates market analyst. The panhandle of the state was severely affected by drought and received less than 0.1 inches of rain between September and mid-February. “With decreased yield potential, many farmers have chosen to graze out the wheat fields to feed hungry cattle whose pasture has been impacted by the drought as well. As a consequence, harvested area in Oklahoma is expected to be sharply lower in 2018-19,” said Bryant-Erdmann. Feedstuffs (St. Charles, Ill.), May 4, 2018